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The FBI has released a fitness app: cybersecurity experts ask not to download it

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has released an application in which it invites everyone to train the way their agents train. However, experts in the field of digital security do not recommend downloading this program, unless you want the FBI to start monitoring you, writes Popular Mechanics.

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March 23 in his official account in Twitter The Federal Bureau of Investigation published a message inviting its subscribers to upload their new fitness app.

Screenshot from Twitter.com/FBI

"The FBI Fit Test is an informative and interactive training platform used to train agents," the FBI website says.

The creators of the project say that users will be able to check their physical fitness by following the standards of bureau agents in running, push-ups, pull-ups and other exercises.

To evaluate the results, the application uses the user's GPS data, the phone's accelerometer (motion sensor), and this is quite logical. But network security experts were confused by the other requirements of the FBI Fit Test, such as access to a contact list, Wi-Fi, cloud storage, and even a call log.

“This is a direct invasion of your privacy! In fact, if the FBI wanted to know about your every step - with this application everything is possible, - noted the experts of the profile publication Popular Mechanics... "Providing this level of access is completely unwarranted for a basic fitness app that doesn't even offer a complete workout program."

"The advice is simple: if you do not want to be followed by the FBI, do not download this application," says Eva Halperin, a cybersecurity expert. "Just think - you literally give the agency the right to spy on you."

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Experts are concerned about the trend that has developed during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic: the authorities urge society to be more attentive to their health, and at the same time use every opportunity to collect as much information as possible about our behavioral characteristics. By this, on the one hand, they protect us, but on the other hand, they invade our privacy through modern technologies. So, now in China, mobile applications are actively used that measure the user's body temperature and fix his location in order to avoid infection of a large number of people with the new coronavirus.

“When installing an application, ask yourself why it needs access to this or that information. Maps need your geolocation data, but fitness platforms don't. Online services need information about your Wi-Fi hotspot, but the exercise app doesn't. Privacy and user hygiene are critical in the era of data management, ”said Amir Orad, CEO of IT company SiSense.

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